June 2, 2024

基督徒的婚姻觀 (三) 守童身 Christian View on Marriage (3): Remaining Unmarried


Should one seek to get married or remain single? This week, Rev. Jeremiah Cheung explores the principle of “Maintaining the Status Quo” that the Apostle Paul shared with the Corinthian church.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

林前 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
• Share an experience where your life status (single, in a relationship, married) either helped or hindered your involvement in ministry. How did you address any challenges that arose? What was God teaching you at that moment?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
• Read the passage. What is the “present distress/crisis” Paul is referring to (v.26)? Does that apply to believers today?
• How does the Bible’s view of marriage and singleness differ from your own view and society’s?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
• Is Jesus the entirety of your life? How do you think this impacts your view on marriage or singleness?
• Does your life actively testify of Christ? What encourages and hinders you from doing so?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
• What practical steps can you take to ensure you are becoming the right person before seeking a partner (for singles) or becoming a better partner (for those in relationships)?
• In what ways do you prioritize secondary things in your life? How can you readjust your time and responsibilities to keep secondary things secondary and focus on what is truly important in life?

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
• Praise God for the infinite wisdom and guidance as revealed through His Word. Express your gratitude for the clarity and insight in today’s passage, which helps us understand the significance of our current status, whether married or unmarried. Thank God for reminding us that both singleness and marriage are His gifts, and that our ultimate fulfillment is found in our relationship with Christ. Pray that you continually see His blessings in your life and use them to glorify Him alone.
• Approach the Heavenly Father with repentance for the times you have placed worldly things above your commitment to Him. Ask for forgiveness for treating secondary things as primary and allowing them to distract you from your service to Him and your pursuit of holiness. Ask God for the wisdom and strength to realign your values and priorities according to His Word, seeing through the temporary nature of worldly matters and focusing on the eternal.

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